U. Memphis Announces the ServiceMaster Design and Innovation Ethnography Fellowship

The University of Memphis (my graduate alma mater) is pleased to announce a new fellowship program for prospective MA students in applied anthropology who are seeking to work in customer experience and business anthropology. The ServiceMaster Design and Innovation Ethnography Fellow will receive core training in ethnographic methods and apply their skills in a business … Continue reading U. Memphis Announces the ServiceMaster Design and Innovation Ethnography Fellowship

What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

Thinking in terms of a business and design context, what is a researcher? There is no one path, no one exact job description, no one single approach or professional charter to follow. Among the many variables that can shape this are the individual’s background and training, personal philosophy and worldview, and years of experience. For … Continue reading What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

How to make doing your independent consulting taxes a little less… taxing 🤓

It's been a while - about 8 months - since I transitioned from independent consulting to a full-time in-house job, but I jumped back into that world briefly this week to get my finances in order for filing taxes. I spent a few hours this week, plus a handful of hours over the course of … Continue reading How to make doing your independent consulting taxes a little less… taxing 🤓

New online certificate program in Design Ethnography @ Boise State University

The Boise State University College of Innovation and Design, in partnership with the BSU Department of Anthropology, has announced a new online certificate program in Design Ethnography beginning in Spring 2017. The Design Ethnography Certificate aims to help prepare students for emerging careers in user research, user experience (UX), service design, product design, branding, marketing, and … Continue reading New online certificate program in Design Ethnography @ Boise State University

Anthropologist, Business Owner and Transportation Activist Janne Flisrand Announces Campaign for Minneapolis City Council

Back in January of this year, I posted an interview with Janne Flisrand, a Minneapolis business owner and transportation activist, as part of my Anthropologists in Practice series. I was excited to learn that Janne recently announced she is running for a seat on the Minneapolis City Council (representing Ward 7). Through her work in … Continue reading Anthropologist, Business Owner and Transportation Activist Janne Flisrand Announces Campaign for Minneapolis City Council

“Is your phone ruining your skin?” Notes from a teen magazine in 2016

When I was a teenager from 1999 to 2005, I ogled my fair share of teen fashion and pop culture magazines. Strangely, over the past couple months, I've received not one but three copies of Seventeen Magazine in the mail, addressed directly to me. Naturally, my curiosity compelled me took a look rather than just toss them … Continue reading “Is your phone ruining your skin?” Notes from a teen magazine in 2016

The Sociocultural Impact of Pokémon Go in Observations, Images & Memes

  During @susie_c's dad's toast pic.twitter.com/hSzaLg30VO — pokemon only account (@sarahjeong) July 18, 2016 After the fall, white people were forced to search for pokemon with primitive tools. pic.twitter.com/Yr18zZD748 — holly wood (@girlziplocked) July 17, 2016   Get off my lawn, Pokemon Go edition pic.twitter.com/ZwVmOIKmpd — David Harvey (@davidharvey) July 17, 2016   I'M SCREAMING … Continue reading The Sociocultural Impact of Pokémon Go in Observations, Images & Memes

Great internet stuff: the not-so-weekly digest (#9)

Presenting another collection of most-highly-recommended articles, websites and ideas that shaped my thinking throughout the past few weeks. This week's topics include design and user experience, research, business, organizational culture, technology, culture [change] and society and anthropology. Design and User Experience Alexandrian Design | Alan Cooper Facebook is wrong, text is deathless | Kottke.org Six … Continue reading Great internet stuff: the not-so-weekly digest (#9)